Ali Bacon doesn’t intend hanging about

 

I have taken off my rallying crash helmet and raced over to interview today’s guest – a lady who is always on the go. She’s a keen golf player and, so a little bird told me, is also a ballroom dancer. It is my great pleasure to be sitting opposite fellow ThornBerry Publishing author, Ali Bacon.

Ali, I know you have a few hobbies and you certainly don’t let the grass grow beneath your feet. Have you ever written a bucket list?

No, but time marches on. I’m starting to make one in my head!

I wasn’t aware that I was systematically going through lists of things I had always wanted to do, or places I had always wanted to visit, until I sat down and wrote a list. Have you crossed off any of your desires so far? Tell us a little about the experience.

New York New York! Spent a week there last year. Manhattan was less glamorous and grand than I expected but still spectacular.  Some of my ancestors emigrated there in the 1870s. I made a special trip to Ellis island to find out more, but it turned out that when they arrived immigrants were still processed on Manhattan Island. It got me really interested in the history of the place. 

You’ll have to go back on a research mission. Are there any other countries, places or locations you want to visit?

Anywhere I haven’t been so far. This includes Iceland, Australia and the North West coast of Scotland. 

What would you do if you had unlimited time, money and resources?

Well after making sure my family wanted for nothing, I think I would buy Rock House in Edinburgh from whoever owns it now and either live in it or turn it into a museum in memory of the hero of my current WIP, a pioneering photographer, who lived there in the 1840s.

What would you consider to be your biggest goals or dreams?

To write a novel that’s better than any of those I’ve written so far. (Might not sound much but may still take some time!)

Some people would like to meet someone famous. My husband would still like to meet ABBA. Is there anyone you would want to see in person?

The girl in Biafra I have sponsored for around 12 years through Plan International. I get a photo of her every year but can’t quite believe she is a teenager now.

What activities or skills do you want to learn or try out?

I gave up playing the piano aged 10. I don’t exactly regret it but I would like to have a go at playing another instrument (if we could afford the sound-proofing!)

And finally, when I have stopped sniggering, as you know we don’t like to be morose here, so what would you call your bucket list?

I don’t intend hanging about – some of these might be New Year resolutions!

Many thanks indeed Ali. It has been most interesting chatting to you. I look forward to your next novel and I hope you fulfil all your desires.

 

Please leave a comment

  1. Ali B Says:

    Thanks Carol – great to be having a final fling on LAHE – all the best to you too.
    Ali B

  2. Janice Horton Says:

    Best wishes and good luck, Ali! That’s a great photo of you against the NY skyline!

  3. Stephanie Keyes Says:

    Ali, you lead a very exciting life. You go girl!

  4. Sheryl Browne Says:

    I like your style, Ali! You go for it! My best ever novel might take me a while too. Best get on with the rest while writing it, I say! 🙂 xx

  5. Kit Domino Says:

    Best of luck, Ali. Hope you get to see all the places you’d like to visit. Good luck too with the writing.

  6. Harvey Black Says:

    Wishing you all the best Ali and thank you for your support. HB

  7. Melanie Says:

    Well done, ladies! You’re a very busy lady, Ali.

  8. Nicky Wells Says:

    Hey, I’ll come to Iceland with you! Best of luck with all your bucket list and keep us posted as you cross items off. X

  9. Carol Wyer Says:

    Thanks ladies and good luck to each and everyone of you too. x

  10. Emma Calin Says:

    Good luck with all those lovely things on the list x

  11. anneli Says:

    Good for you, Ali. No flies on you! So much to see and do yet.

  12. Harriet Grace Says:

    Good luck Ali, with your plans. I hope you get to meet that little girl who is now a teenager in Biafra. Keep in touch, Carol and everyone x

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